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Sept. 17 Premarket Briefing: 10 Things You Should Know

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Thursday, Sept. 17:

1. -- U.S. stock futures were pointing lower Thursday as investors awaited a decision by the Federal Reserve on whether it will raise interest rates for the first time in nine years.

European stocks traded mixed, while Asian shares ended the session mostly higher. China's Shanghai Composite Index closed down 2.1%.

2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. on Thursday includes weekly initial jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. EDT, housing starts and building permits for August at 8:30 a.m., the Philadelphia Fed Index for September at 10 a.m., and the interest rates decision from the Federal Open Market Committee at 2 p.m.

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3. -- U.S. stocks on Wednesday rose for the second day in a row after weaker inflation data boosted hopes the Federal Reserve could refrain from raising interest rates on Thursday. The S&P 500 rose 0.86%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.82%, and...